A record $60 million was donated to IDF soldiers at a large gala in Beverly Hills over the weekend.
The 12th annual “Friends of the IDF” event in Los Angeles was hosted by Israeli-American philanthropist Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl.
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson donated $10 million, which Saban matched.
“I love the soldiers and the Israelis and the FIDF. My granddaughter is set to enlist soon and she will be a lone soldier and I’m very proud of her,” Dr. Miriam Adelson said.
“Sheldon and I will be donating more than ever before,” she added. “We will give $10 million – half of that sum will be on behalf of the organization’s Las Vegas branch, for the gala there next Sunday. We need to strengthen them. We are all brothers and sisters.”
The event began with a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Oct. 27 shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, in which 11 worshipers were murdered.
Among the notable figures at the gala were actors Gerard Butler, Andy Garcia, Ashton Kutcher and Fran Drescher.
Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams performed his hit song “Happy” and addressed the tragedy in Pittsburgh by calling for an end to hatred.
Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson own the company that is the primary shareholder of Israel Hayom.